Delgado visits Hoosick Falls small business district
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) recently joined Hoosick Falls Village Trustee Kevin O’Malley for a tour of the downtown area where they visited small businesses and local organizations in the community to learn more about how businesses are adjusting to reopening measures and charting a path forward.
The congressman, who was also joined by Town of Hoosick Deputy Supervisor Eric Sheffer, visited with Brown’s Brewing Company, Hoosac Package, Bistro 42, CiviCure-Wood Block, Hoosick Provisions, and Tri-State Federal Credit Union.
“Hoosick Falls is a vibrant and dynamic village, and it was a pleasure to speak with business owners throughout the Hoosick business district to learn about how they’re adjusting to reopening measures and keeping our community safe,” Delgado said.
“I introduced the Rebuild Rural America Act to give our rural communities access to federal funding, and I championed multiple provisions for our small businesses throughout the COVID-19 relief legislation negotiations. Our conversations today continue to shape my understanding of how our business owners and community centers are experiencing reopening measures and preparing for the future. I will keep these discussions at the top of my mind and look forward to returning soon," Delgado added.
“Both nationally and across the state, smaller communities are often forgotten, and I think local businesses were grateful to have Congressman Delgado take the time out to learn more about their challenges and see how they are working to make ends meet. In Hoosick Falls, we’ve faced challenges with our water and we are now moving in the right direction. It was nice to see the congressman come and focus on the economic aspects of what’s happening in our community,” O’Malley explained.
“We are so appreciative of the time Rep. Antonio Delgado spent touring Brown's Walloomsac Taproom and Brewing in North Hoosick, NY this morning. He was genuinely interested in our family business and of the community in which we proudly call home,” Kelly Brown, Brown's Brewing owner along with her husband Garry Brown, added.
As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, Delgado believes that he has worked to elevate the voices of small businesses across New York’s 19th Congressional District during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March, Delgado said he introduced the Small Business Repayment Relief Act, to cover six months of loan payments for all qualified SBA loans. This was signed into law as part of the bipartisan CARES Act. Rep. Delgado also voted for the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, signed into law on June 5.
Additionally, Delgado noted how he introduced the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act which would allow smaller businesses, with significant losses due to COVID-19, to receive a second forgivable PPP loan. The congressman said he also helped introduce the bipartisan Small Business PPE Tax Credit Act which would provide a tax credit of up to $25,000 to help small businesses offset the cost of PPE including installing plexiglass and purchasing masks to protect their employees and customers.
In October 2019, Delgado said he then introduced the Rebuild Rural America Act to improve the way that the federal government supports economic development projects in small towns and rural communities to better fit their specific needs. This bill would create the Rural Future Partnership Fund through USDA, which would provide a $50 billion multi-year, flexible block grants to rural regions that have trouble navigating the complex federal grants process.
This funding would allow eligible communities to automatically receive a commitment of five-year, renewable funding to support progress on the region’s locally developed goals and objectives. This will ensure that the federal government complements local economic development efforts to help make local economies more resilient, ensuring our rural communities are places in which anyone can live, work, raise a family and retire.